Russia plays coy with Biden’s offer to meet with Putin amid tensions

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Russia on Wednesday turned a cold shoulder to President Biden’s ​proposal to meet with President Vladimir Putin for an in-person summit as US ships steam to the Black Sea to counter Moscow’s increasing military presence in the region. The White House said Biden extended the invite to Putin during a phone call Tuesday in which Biden warned the Russian leader not to violate the sovereignty of Ukraine and rebuked him for meddling in America’s elections. ​But Moscow remained noncommittal. “It’s still too early to talk about this meeting in tangible terms. It’s a new proposal and it will be studied,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, adding that more talks would occur on the diplomatic level. “The sides are not yet planning a range of topics to discuss, there isn’t yet any preparation for this meeting,” Peskov said. Feelings are still raw between the Cold War foes after Biden last month referred to Putin as a “killer” who would “pay a price” for the election interference, and Moscow responded by recalling its ambassador from Washington.

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